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  CSPAN    Road to the White House    Series/Special. The candidates, issues  
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    August 18, 2013
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term engagement effort. i would hope we are out there in those communities and having programs -- to show up and ask .or the order to make a sale >> exactly. >> not show up three months before the election. >> exactly. they are cyclical enough. you have to think long-term. the situation is owing to change. -- going to change. someone that has is when you are going to make a meaning all impact.
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>> i made a profile of couple to go. so often members will come and tell you exactly what they are when you feel they are looking i to i you get the real story. -- eye to eye you get the real story. about 25% is african-american. i had a relationship with the
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third generation, so they were not noting for some republican. it made a big difference. to make sure we are talking to people one-on-one. again, this is a relationship business. remembers the chick- fil-a business. had a facebook account, you would not say, do not shop at chick-fil-a. support toe time to calais, you got a different answer. this is a written elation ship
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-- this is a relationship this is him a and i hope it is going to lead to success. >> there are some folks who want to tackle by us. bias, so what advice would you give? >> tackling universities is a big challenge, and one thing we have to do is acknowledge there createblems and try to alternatives. bookt them educated in clubs. tohink it is important
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provide and foster the outrnatives, so those reach and invite them to your meetings and get engaged with them and front.t they do on that i think that is important. have mitch daniels, the head of perdue university. i am excited to see if he can turn that to a market leader for ideas and for changing tings at universities across the country. of indianahairman here? why don't you tell the group what the governor did today. >> yesterday was my first day as state chairman. i served in the last 14 and a
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, first as state treasurer and then as state today they named an african-american council member from indiana as my replacement as a new state auditor. the governor made that announcement in the statehouse. >> scott, and then we are going to open it up to questions and comments. you know we want to get involved at a community level. aboutdvice would you give the community?
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>> it has been community policing. you cannot effectively serve your community if you do not the hopes each individual community has. it is all very different and can vary from street to street and block to block. respect to the political side you have to engage people, and the best advice i can give is when you approach folks you go and listen and find out what their concerns are.
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only then that you open the dialogue and can start talking about those issues. if you go to those communities and say we can do this and that, they made tune you out. officer, i would imagine there are times you have to find community leaders that are going to help you influence that community in order to be informationn what you are trying to glean, and it is really important. effective help to relate with the gang lifestyle, so even though i deal with gang members on a regular basis, it is still very hard to truly
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the lifestyle, because we all bring our own perspective's. think it is very important to bring community leaders and folks with a real standing in the community into the fold. the firstto get comment. this is about former governor spitzer. he is going to run for comptroller. why would he want to do that? $140 pension fund. john burnett has been out there
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being one of the leading officers working in that election. do you maybe want to say a few words? [applause] a preacher,son of so i will try to be brief, but i cannot promise you i will not ask for a donation at the end. i have a 24 year career at wall street. i worked my way up. souths were born in the during jim crow. i was born in a household that did not tolerate excuses or complaints. said, i grew up in a
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household where you walk five miles to school, five miles back , and then going straight to bed. i was able to work my way up to provisional manager before owing myschool at night to obtain in ba -- mba. earning mytime i was degree, there was eliot spitzer unleashing his power on wall street. not let him stop me then. i refuse to let him stop me now.
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if we can actually distill conservative values along with their free market, that is the best pattern, and hopefully i can do that. >> questions for the panel. >> my question is force got, -- is for scott. of mentioned a lot republicans were on board with the amendment. why aren't democrats having the same debate? >> i think there is a strain of libertarian going through.
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think the debate will center on of allen's. balance. you have to balance civil liberties with the need to protect the country. i think we need to look at the country and say is the program it doings safe, and is so while being unobtrusive. do not know how the debate is going to play out. that remains to be seen. >> i have three parts. does anybody know what sunday is. a great milestone in history. that was the day a republican mail in tennessee cast the deciding vote that gave women the right to vote.
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as part of the growth and opportunity we said we were going to embrace our history, so we need to constantly remind web men because we truly believe the women know their history -- women becausen -- we believe the more know their history the more will vote. boehner and the republicans have done a lot. >> at the end of the day the people deserve a government that works. we haveto recognize many differences in our party. we do not have to compromise our notciples. when things do
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go right in the state of oklahoma i do not blame the the government. i think it is part of the problem that they have not taken responsibility. >> what about those who agree that a.b. percent are not our enemies? % are not our enemies? >> i would like to ask a law enforcement officer, what can local republicans do to support law enforcement? >> i think they do a great job. there are a lot of issues with respect to budget issues and pension reform, and sometimes that create divisions between public employees who would other
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but -- otherwise be conservative and elected officials that would come down on another side of the issue, but i think those things can be resolved at the end of the day. republicans have in our supporters, so there is not a lot more you can do that and continue to do what you are doing. >> thank you. [applause]
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>> we are standing in the log cabin. she does not like it one bit. she has found it crude and homely, but she will make the best of it. would want to be mistress of her own home. perturbed.ittle privileged child, she would have had fine china. she would have had fine furniture, comfortable chairs, and a broad table. you would have five people eating in this dining room. even though they do not live in
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it very long, this represents their first time together. confidence.get >> this week the encore presentation of first ladies, looking at the public and private lives of our nation's first ladies. weeknights all this week at nine eastern on c-span. events frompublic washington directly to you, putting you in the room at congressional hearings, white house events, and offering complete gavel-to-gavel coverage of the u.s. house, all as public service of ride that industry. funded by your local cable or satellite or vied her, provider.llite
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atnext, amy klobuchar speaks the wingding fundraiser. prior to the minnesota senator's remarks, the event also honored former secretary of state hillary clinton with the beacon award. she was unable to attend. this is 45 minute. >> good evening, ladies and >> that is some big shoes to follow. party respects women across america. me greathy it gives pleasure to reward one of the greatest females with the beacon award.
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an awardeated to give to an outstanding democrat who exemplifies the ideals and values. in 2009, it was awarded to jimmy carter. it went to state senator and the majority leader. to tomar's award went harkin. this year's award has gone to secretary hillary clinton. [applause]
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stage some me on women withdemocratic onhereto except the award senator clinton -- secretary clinton's behalf. on january 21, 2009, hillary asham clinton was sworn in secretary of the united states. secretary clinton joined the state department after nearly four decades as an advocate, attorney, first lady, and senator. she attended local public fromls before graduating wellesley college, where she met
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bill clinton. she married bill clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising chelsea. she was an assistant professor at the university of arkansas law school, and she was appointed by jimmy carter to serve on the board of the legal services corporation, which she later chaired. during her 12 years as first lady she was chairman of the co- standards committee and served on the board of the children's hospital and children's defense fund. clinton madery history as the first first lady ever elect did to the united and the first woman elected statewide in new
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york. in the senate she served on the , the services committee environment and public works committee, the budget committee, and the committee on aging. she was also a commissioner on cooperation in europe. clinton worked across party including expansion of economic opportunity and access to polity healthcare. strong advocate for funding and for the first responders who risked their lives at ground zero. she fought for better benefits for wooded servicemembers and of the national guard
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and reserves. she was also a member of the advisory group to the joint forces command. in 2006 senator clinton won reelection to the senate, and in 2007 began her historic campaign for president of the united states. she campaigned for for barack obama and joe biden, and presidentminated by elect obama to be secretary of state. any of us have lived to see a woman achieve a and a womanof goals who has done more for all of us than secretary hillary rodham clinton. with that, i give this award to hillary rodham clinton, and it is going to be accepted.
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[applause] in 2007 i was honored to serve as hillary clinton's campaign director. her at a family met campaign event in may of that year. hillary clinton as portrayed in media events, i was not prepared for her warm and authenticity. greetings, sheg looked at her son and looked back at me to ask, how is your health care? you it cover everything need? i am not sure i can explain the th her beacon of light provided.
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me, for ournt, for family, for our son, hillary clinton embodied hope, and in our brief conversation, she showed me what makes her the best public servant i believe our country has ever known. topic, same-sex marriage, veterans rights, voters rights, workers right, and much more, hillary clinton understands our country is only as good as the quality of opportunities we provide each citizen. in beijing when she courageously declared an obvious truth that women's rights are human rights, hillary clinton reminded the world that securing rights for all persons is what makes the country strong.
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light has shown regardless of the title she has as public servant. hillary clinton lives as a beacon of light. has him a and i am con men and she always will. route all north s are honoring her tonight with this award. we thank you for shining a light on this incredible democrat who embodies what it means to be a aegon of light in our world. -- to be a beacon of light in our world.
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>> i would like senator amanda ragan and others to join us as we accept this award. [applause] thank you.
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>> inc. you, dean. thank you, joy. in 2006, sandy became the first the state inesent the senate. she served as chief prosecutor and now i u.s. senator. amy has been guided are the values she learned growing up in minnesota. she was a leading advocate for success of passage of one of the first laws of the country, guaranteeing 48-hour hospital days for new mothers and their babies. amy was elected to serve as a prosecutor for the county that includes minneapolis and 45 suburbs. in 2000 and the people of minnesota -- in 2000 the
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people of minnesota voted for her as senator. as senate chair of the joint asnomic committee as well commerce entrance rotation, amy has been a leader in an agenda to create jobs we need to grow it in our communities. she chairs a subcommittee for consumer rights. as chair, amy has continued to work to advance policies that protect consumers and make sure businesses are able to come heat on a level playing field. -- to compete on a level playing field. welcome.ve a warm
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>> hello, iowa democrat. ready to send bruce to the senate? [applause].
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truth -- true facts. we will remember that. now it is truly great to be here today, especially as we honor secretary of state clinton with the beacon award. she truly embodies the principles and ideals of the party. we should hear it for joy. she did a wonderful job. talk to you about that. and she talked about the incredible work that hillary clinton has done promoting economic opportunity for all, making the country a safer place. and the incredible work, i can tell you, i've seen it already having someone who's come into the united states senate, the work she's done for women, in the senate, in the country, and all over the world. now, i want to thank your great
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party chair, scott, your county chair, john. all of the iowa party leaders. the one thing i'll leave here is butler county. two democrats since the civil war, that's going change, that's all i can say. i'm here for three reasons tonight. the first is to elect my good friend. he's one of the best candidates in the country running for the united states senate. you all know better than anyone how he shares tom harkin's values. that passion for hardwork, the passion for people in the state. all we have to know about tom harkin in minnesota is one thing -- and that is when he was in the senate with paul wellstone, he was paul wellstone's best friend. thank you, iowa, for that.
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the second is how can you say no to a wing ding. by the way, those were great chicken wings. and the third reason, as bruce noted, is i'm literally only two hours from here and i can see iowa from my porch. when you really think about it, our states, minnesota and iowa have a lot more in common than a border, right? you have the iowa state fair going on right now where the most famous thing is the life-sized butter cow got a little bit of attention this week. everything is fine now. a cow carved entirely out of butter. in minnesota, we have princess kay of the milky way and her court all carved entirely out of butter. so i guess each of our states have our own idea of royalty. e that was just a little iowa
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joke, you guys. you have the world famous match stick museum, right? not far from here, we have the world famous spam museum. as we like to call it, the guigenham. you are the state gaining notoriety for picking the country's presidents. we are the state thanks to the great hubert humphrey and walter mondale that supply the country with vice presidents. in fact, it is a long timed tradition in minnesota that new moms gushing with pride bounce their babies on their knee and say, one day you can be growing up to be vice president. now finally, bruce made note of this, one thing for sure is a very, very focussed citizenry that cares about elections and really has a fierce sense of independence. if you don't believe me about
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the independent part of minnesota, i have three boards for you. governor jesse ventura. now, you are truly blessed with the senate candidate in bruce that represents the best of grassroots politics. in this state and in this country. when i think of bruce, i always think of when i came to help him campaign and he was always had those work boots, those work boots that reminded him of how he literally pulled himself up from where he was to get to where he is today. i think of him as a champion for the middle class, a champion for veterans. the guy who knows the value of education, not because he read it in a speech, but because he knows it in his own life and he knows it from his own mom. bruce and i, as bruce mentioned, have been work together on the issue of sexual assault in the military. it wasn't something we just started doing. we have been working on it for a number of years.
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when we got involved in this, they were destroying the records of sexual assault from one year to five years in the military. they would go away, they'd vanish. i heard about that as a prosecutor, i thought this is probably the dumbest thing i ever heard. and we convinced the leaders in the senate and in the house to include a provision to preserve those records so they are no longer destroyed. that is one change that i think you all know there's a lot more work to be done and that's what we're all working on right now. what i like so much also about working with bruce is he's never satisfied with sitting back to fix problems. he gives voice to people who don't have a voice and he got into government for all of the right reasons. a lot of people in politics today. a few have visited your state recently who think that a
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successful career in politics is built on stopping progress. when i realized going back to the values of the '80s, they mean the 1880s. that's not me, bruce, or anyone in this room. bruce and i got started in grassroots politics to fix things. people came to us and said something's wrong and they need it fixed. they didn't come from families with money. both our moms were teachers. i didn't have a grandfather or dad in the united states senate. neither did he. his dad was a world war ii veteran where he worked in a grain elevator where he was seriously injured. no surprise that both of us got involved in politics for the simplest of reasons. something was wrong. it needed to be fixed. something wasn't fair man and it needed to be made right. in bruce's case, he's dedicated himself the cause of worker safety. he knew it happened to his dad
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and he dedicated himself to helping those who have lost everything because he knows what that is like. i got involved in politics after my daughter was born and she couldn't swallow. we spent the whole night in the hospital where they did test after test after test and they still didn't know what was wrong. she was still in intensive care. with the insurance companies, they had a rule you couldn't stay in the hospital for 24 hours as a new mom. my daughter was in intensive care. i didn't sleep for two days, they kicked me out of the hospital. as my husband wheeled me out, i had a moment saying you know what, this wouldn't be happening to the wife of the head of the insurance company. and when my daughter got a little better. she was in the hospital for weeks and weeks, i decided that i wasn't going to just sit back and let this happen to another mom. so i get involved in politics.
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a new mom, never elected to anything. i started going turnover the capitol and testifying about what happened and because of that in minnesota we enacted the first laws in the country guaranteeing new moms and their babies a 24-hour hospital stay. one of my favorite experiences is you can never give up. they wanted to delay the effective date. i showed up with pregnant friends of mine. they outnumbered them 2-1. when this bill should take effect. the pregnant moms said now and we won. politics worked at its best. to me, that's a defining moment. i decided to run for local
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office. chief prosecutor in the county for eight years. i'd been there a short time by tom harkin's standards. but i try to live by the same principle that you can make change and you have to be willing to go out there and do it. you know our country has been through tough times. it was after two years that i was in the senate that we had the worst recession since the great depression. i remember the first month of 2009 when we lost more jobs in this country than there were people in the state of vermont. every industry was suffering. you remember here from retail to real estate to tourism. i think you all know, we've come a long way since those difficult days. at 7.4%, the national unemployment rate is at the lowest point in four years. but you know we still have a tremendous problem with long
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term unemployment, with people unemployed for six months. in minnesota, we're doing better than the national average. here in iowa, you beat them all at 4.6%. manufacturing jobs are coming back across the country, sales are up. the auto industry is back. the most exciting when i looked around here when i crossed over the border, with the help of farmers in iowa and minnesota, we increased the supply of fuels, doubled our supply on clean energy. and since 2005, our dependence has gone down from 60% to 40%. that's since 2005. that has a lot to do with the people in this room. you can't drive down here without seeing all of the wind turbines. you get 25% of your energy from wind and it provides 7,000 jobs in the state of iowa. that's incredible numbers.
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so i see us as a stable economy but on the cusp of great economic gains. but something is holding us back. something is holding us back. and to me, it's the group in congress. obstructionism and extremism that's holding us back and preventing too many americans from realizing the promise of america. look at the crew that graced your state in the past two months talking about shutting the government down again. their goal, they want to cause one big government traffic jam. the only problem -- they won't pay for the roads and bridges to get it out of it. there are two things that really bug me about this obstructionism. first, they seem to forget these are real people that would be affected by these moves. and even in the midst of the recovery, we all know people.
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the kid in cedar rapids who wants to become a teacher but can't afford college. the dad who lost his jobs at the kraft foods in mason city and wants to be retrained but can't quite get the right program so he gettings it skills to go back to work to support his family. or the family in waterloo who's working harder and harder and harder to pay that mortgage. i don't have to tell you too many americans are still falling behind, unable to get education, to match the skills for the jobs that are open or find a good paying job or pay for their security. the other thing that bothers me about some of the things that these people are saying. i'm telling you they're coming in and saying in your state more than a lot of other states right now. that is there's a whole bunch of things we could be doing right now to help people to get jobs, to stabilize the economy even more, to grow the economy, to strengthen the middle class. i think there are things
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everyone could agree on. we could come together on an innovation agenda. one of your government candidates mentioned this. the simple idea that we no longer can afford to be a country that turns money around on wall street. we have to be a country that makes stuff again, that invents things, that experts to the world. this means making sure embracing the president's idea that we double exports so we're making things again and they're going to other countries. exports in iowa are about agriculture, right? but they're about manufacturing, they're about farm equipment. farm equip equipment isn't going just to the united states. it's going all over the world. there's a guy right north of here in minnesota named maynard ackerman. he has a company where he does trenchless digging where he puts huge pipes underneath the ground and pushes another pipe so that he can make sewer and water and space for that, especially in countries like china and india
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that are finally building infrastructure but can't uproot all of the neighborhoods. he has 77 employees in a corn field all because 06 exports. so it isn't just about big businesses, its's about small and medium sized businesses as well. one of the favorite things is he was named international trenchless digger of the year. this is why i love my job as a senator. this innovation agenda is making sure we're training our students to match the job we have including the education they're getting in high school. we have way too many job openings in our state in the high-tech area. we've got make sure that some of the kids if they want do it are able to get degrees while they're in high school and able to work more with the community colleges. the innovation agenda is making sure we bring down or debt in a reasonable way, a balanced way, a long-term way, but not on the
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backs of seniors and the students and the middle class. that is not how we reduce the debt in this country. comprehensive tax reform. warren buffet pays a lower rate than the secretary. that's not what we should be doing. we should look at fair tax reform. we know that it's something that senator bachus can get done in the senate. if we can think about how america can get to the strongest, the most innovative, it brought the world everything from the pace maker to the post-it note to facebook. it's clear we're the country we are today because we were able to invest in those opportunities, to invest in scientific research, to invest in innovation, to invest in entrepreneurship. i truly believe these are things that democrats and republicans
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can agree on. simple ideas of workforce training, comprehensive tax reform. bringing the debt down in a balanced way. these are things we should agree on across the board. what's the problem? well, first of all, we know that some republicans are willing to work on those kinds of things. i know better than anyone because of 2/3 of the bills i've done have led because of bipartisan. some want to move the country the right way. want to move our country forward. but a group of ideologues in the oules of representatives is holding the country back. let me tell you what i'm talking about. you know we passed a farm bill in the united states senate. it has the support of tom vilsack. the support of senator grassley and harkin.
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it was one that had the support of representative grayley. we were able to get support across the aisle for a bill. you know what the bill does? it strengthens our safety net for our farmers. it reduces the debt by $24 billion over the last farm bill. why would republicans in the house be against this? that's what it does. it makes sure we have the conservation programs in place. i'm glad to be on the senate side of the conference committee to get the farm bill done. but literally, i keep asking our staff every day, have the republicans in the house called to set up that conference committee, no, they haven't. called today? no, they haven't? you know why that bill isn't going anywhere? because it's in the cutting room floor in the house because tea partiers decided to shred it to pieces because they want to eliminate nutrition programs that for decades have kept millions of kids and seniors and
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working people from hunger. this is from the fargo forum, okay? this is not a bastion of liberalism. this is a conservative paper based in fargo that also has a bunch of newspapers in minnesota. they ran an editorial -- he ran an editorial board just last week and he said, quote, make no mistake about it. house repuns are to blame for the far bill stall. this is not a political conclusion, it's a statement of fact. well, i'm a former prosecutor. i like facts. i like evidence. and the house has to bring this bill to a conference committee so we can get it done. [ applause ] now how about our infrastructure bills. no one knows better than minnesota and iowa how important it is to move the infrastructure bill. this is how we get the goods to market so we can compete
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internationally. i know a little bit about transportation policy in this country. you'll never forget what happened in minnesota in august of 2007 when in the middle of a summer's day that bridge collapsed in the middle of the mississippi river. as i said, that day, a bridge just shouldn't fall down in the middle of america. not an eight-lane bridge in the middle of rush hour and not a bridge six blocks from my house. that's what happened. 13 people were killed. hundreds were injured. you know what we do when it does break down, when that happens in america? we rebuild. we rebuilt that bridge less than 13 months. we rebuilt like they're rebuilding in new jersey after hurricane sandy. we rebuild like you did in iowa after the iowa floods. we rebuild because that's what a good government does. it funds public safety and infrastructure and it doesn't shortchange our roads and our
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bridges and our locks and our dams. so where do you think the senate passed bipartisan water bill, the water resources development act. where do you think it is? it's is it you can in the house of representatives another example. after decades of immigrants living in the shadows, kids who lived in our military denied citizenship. engineers and doctors and scientists denied industry. the senate passed a bipartisan co comprehensive immigration bill with 68 votes in the senate. the bill brings the debt down by $200 million in ten years. it secured the borders and
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unleashes the problem for america for so many. the aflcio and chamber of commerce support this bill. the head of the farm workers and grover nordqvist support this bill. despite what you might be hearing from the congressman in this district, 65% of the people in this district according to the recent poll, and 51% of republicans want to see a path to citizenship. those are the facts, those are the facts. those are the facts. bill clinton likes to say, that's the arithmetic. remember that. so why haven't we sent that immigration bill, a signed bill to the president's desk, it's stuck in the house. it's somewhere in someone's desk drawer between the post-it notes
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and the stapler. the farm bill, the infrastructure bill, and the senate budget. i say it's time to tell the people of the house that the people of this country want the keys to that desk drawer. they want -- -- they want representatives coming to the negotiating table to hammer out a compromise that works for the american people. they want representatives that are there for them, not ones who have taken a pledge to uphold a rigid ideology. they want to send people to congress, people like bruce who have taken one pledge and one pledge only. that is to represent the people of the united states of america. that's what we need to do. i think you guys know that these guys could be difficult. you also know because you're from iowa and because this is
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the most listening crowd i've ever spoken to in my life, except for the distracted driving conference. it was a good group to talk to. they never want to be distracted. they never do their blackberry. you guys are incredible. i think you know it's not enough to complain. you have to do something about i want. hubert humphrey once said -- while it is good to know history, it is better to make it. if we are unwilling to make history, then others will write it for us. given what i've seen in this room, you are not going to let someone else write your history. by putting an amendment on a ballot to ban marriage between same-sex couples, you know what the people of minnesota did? we fought back and we defeated that divisive amendment. we were the first state in the
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country to defeat an amendment like that. this year we joined iowa, our friendly neighbor to the south, to become one of the first 12 states to legalize gay marriage. we wrote our own history. last year in the last election when we heard people talking about legitimate rape and regenerating the issues we thought were resolved 50 years before? did those guys win the elections? no. we won and we sent a record 20 women to the united states senate. we wrote our own history. and if you wonder if women make a difference when they're in congress -- this is my favorite story. during the health care debates in the finance committee, debbie stab now of michigan was sitting there looking across from the
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former senator from arizona. he said, you know, i don't understand why you guys are talking about putting maternity benefits in the mandatory benefit package. he said, i never used them. without missing a beat, she looked across the table and said, i bet your mother did. and they got included in the list of benefits. speaking of writing history, when pundits said barack obama and joe biden couldn't win in iowa. they couldn't win in the first place and couldn't win the re-election. you didn't let karl rove write the book about politics, you wrote your own chapter, you sent him back to the white house. while we're on the topic of election -- we didn't say one thing -- i know bruce is going to be facing and what you're going be saying on tv, we can't continue with a system where one billionaire can write a $10 million check and change the
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course of an election. bruce knows better than anyone in this room, that shouldn't happen in the united states, that shouldn't happen in a democracy. citizens united was wrong, how do we fix it? how do we fix it? well, the first thing we need to do is to pass a disclose act so we know who the donors are and who are writing the checks. i think you know that's not enough. it's by passing a constitutional amendment to overturn that case. that is how we really change it. that is how we send the real message. everyone in this country that our democracy, our states, our country is not for sale. despite all of the super pacs. you're going to see them next
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year and i know the grassroots politics going win them over every single time. despite the super pacs, the extremism, the grandstanding, the tv shout fest, i still believe we can come together for this country. how do we do it? well, first of all, we elect people like bruce. we call out the extremists every step of the way. secondly, we do it by peeking out and working with the more reasonable people across the aisle. in the united states senate, there are some. we need to do that. but to do it, both sides need be courageous. i believe the courage in the next few years is not going to be standing alone by yourself giving a speech. courage is going to be whether or not you're willing to stand next to someone you don't always agree with for the betterment of this country. that is going be courage for the next few years.
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passing the civil rights act to creating medicare, democrats and republicans have time and time again had the courage to put partisanship aside to do big things, grand things for this country. we saw this happen in the united states senate with the farm bill. we saw it with immigrationry form. together, democrats and republicans came together for those brief but incredibly important moments to do what was best for this country. that's when we saw to quote former texas congresswoman barbara jordan, an america as good as its promise. our country has always been a place of promise. my slovenian grandfather worked 1500 feet under the ground in the mines in minnesota. he never graduated from high school. he saved money in a coffee can to send my dad to college. my dad went on to get a degree
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from a community college in northern minnesota and went to the university of minnesota at got his journalism degree. he went from that mining town to interview everyone from mike ditka to ronald reagan, to ginger rogers. my mom taught 2nd grade until she was 70 years old. and today i stand before you as the grand daughter of an iron ore miner and the daughter of a newspaper man and the teacher and the first woman elected to the united states senate from the state of minnesota. that's america. my parents and grandparents instilled in me the midwestern values, the same values that you pass on to your children -- family and faith, humility and hardwork. and they taught me to live with honor and courage and to never, never stop fighting for what i
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believe in. every one of you in this room, when you think of courage and you have to take that one big step or do something that you're afraid to do, you always think of something -- someone in your family, someone you knew in your life. for me, i always think my grandpa down there in those mines and back then it was so dangerous. they would hear the whistle and everyone would run to the mine because they didn't know who was killed or hurt that day. my grandpa worked in the mines a long time. a few years ago, i met a guy at a little restaurant up there in elie. he told me he came running up to me and said his dad worked with my grandpa and then he got promoted as foreman. all of them had to radio down when the guys went to a new and dangerous part of the mine. he got tears in his eyes and said everyone except your grandpa, when your grandpa was
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foreman, he would never stand on top and radio down. he would always go down with the guys and he would always go first. he said, your grandpa was fearless. he was fearless. you -- you're the hawkeye state, right? for generations, you never backed down from a challenge. your ancestors settled a wind blown prairie and turned it into a place that feeds the world. you've given the country pioneers and the leaders in political courage. people like tomville vilseck. people who take risks and stand shoulder to shoulder with the people they serve. so this -- this is what i'm
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asking you do. just like my grandpa and just like bruce did. put your boots on again. you do it well. put the hard hats on, square your shoulders, get ready for the next election including those people in butler county. get ready, because i believe you can do it. i heard the candidates today. you heard how great bruce is. jim mauer. he has the same name as the famous player in minnesota. we'll pretend he's his brother. make the calls, knock on the doors, rally the neighbors, never stop fighting and let's move forward together. thank you, northern iowa. keep up the brave work.
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discussion on military defense strategies and planning and a report on the ways the military can maintain its advantage at a time of tightening budgets. later in the day, a new america foundation discussion on electronic surveillance and human rights with access now, an organization focused on individual's access to an internet and the right to privacy. that is live at 6:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. >> in the last few years, the left decided the political debate is worthless.
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they're not going to debate policy or what is the best way to solve the nation's problems. they're not going to provide evidence. they're going to label us morally deficient human beings unworthy of debate. >> the editor at large bret shapiro will take your comments for three hours live starting at noon sunday 1. in the months ahead, october 1, civil rights leader congressman john lewis. jackie o. to nancy reagan, oprah to sinatra, your questions for biographer, kitty kelly. and philosophy professor christina hoff summers. radio talk show host and judicial activist mark levine, in depth live the first sunday oaf every month on book tv on c-span 2. >> next, a look at how social media can be used to predict elections from this morning's washington journal.
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>> we want to bring you to the conversation adam sharp who's head of government and nonprofits for twitter based here in washington, d.c. thanks very much for being with us. >> good morning, steve. >> we were talking earlier about the trends in twitter from 2008 to 2012. can you put that in to some sort of perspective and i want to ask you moving ahead what you can expect in 2014 and 2016. >> the biggest different between 2008 and 2012 was the level and size of conversation in the room, if you will. there are more tweets sent every two days today than ever sent prior to the 2008 elections. i think professor rojas noted earlier that 2008 was an earlier adopted proud. by 2012, it had become a real main stream reflection of kvgs around the campaign. as we look forward to the election cycle, you'll see a new
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dynamic in some of the house and senate races. when the last congress is sworn in after the 2010 elections that the professor studied. only a third used twitter when that congress was sworn in. today, every single member of the senate has a twitter presence, over 95% of the u.s. house. so the incumbents will be engaging and driving that conversation on the ground. >> is this adam sharp replacing polling when it comes to congressional and presidential and gubernatorial races. >> i don't think so. the same way satellites and radar never replaced the barometer in making a weather forecast. they made it a more complete picture. the same way using twitter data in combination with survey data with focus groups and so on, the extra pieces of technology give us a more complete picture when trying to craft the political
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forecast. >> one of our viewers say twitter is not exactly a representative sample. i want to go back to what he was talking about as younger people gravitate more towards social media. is twitter more main stream or does it rely on the under 35 crowd? >> it is becoming a reflection of the daily conversation in our global times square. twitter accounts, we don't ask for age or other demographic information. but what we do have is correlation to polling as the professor suggested. last year a company called top sis that specialized in twitter data, two polling groups, a republican leaning firm and democratic leaning firm created the twitter index where they tracked the tone of tweets over the course of the campaign and
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found that it tracked very closely to the main stream polls that the time. in the same way we don't track the percentage of this age or another age, the poll ended up being the same as a terribly statistically organized sample. the second thing to remember here is just the same way you can sit back and enjoy the washington journal without ever calling in with a question, you can use twitter without ever having to tweet. half of twitter users use it to confirm information. the group tweeting about politics are going to be different than the population as a whole. the same way in polling. one of the toughest things to model is always who is a likely voter. the fact that someone is tweeting actively about the campaign is a pretty strong signal. >> moving ahead, adam sharp as
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you look at trends in social media and the predominance of other ways to put video comments, not just written comments. what do we expect in 2014 the next year and a half? >> the story going forward now with the power of vine and twitter and other tools is access. we're pulling back the curtain and giving people a peek into the daily lives of the candidates of members of the house and senate. gina mccarthy is taking people along with her as the first day as the president of the cab naet. you had house members introducing their first piece of legislation or voting on the floor, showing those electronic voting machines which, as you know, steve, cameras are not allowed on the house floor. so house members are the only
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ones who are able to give this very unique perspective to people who, with a simple click to flow them on vine are able to be along for the ride. >> adam sharp is head of government and nonprofits for twitt twitter here in washington, d.c., thanks for being with us. >> >> the debt, the deficit, and the challenges facing the u.s. economy. we'll talk to robert bigs bi. as part of c-span's partnership, details on the federal health care law with senior correspondent julie appleby on the administration's decisions to delay limits on out of pocket expenses. and a ruling on the nuclear regulatory commission's review of the yucca mountain and its cause. the washington correspondent for the las vegas sun. washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span.
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>> if we turn away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces which are bringing about this suffering. >> obesity in this country is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> little antennas when somebody has their own agenda. >> it's a shame to waste it. >> i think they serve as window on the past to what was going on with american women. >> she's compromised. she's really in a way the only one in the world he could trust.
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>> a lot of them were writers. they are, in many cases, quite frankly more interesting as human beings than their husbands if only because they are not first and foremost to find and remedied by political ambition. >> one of the unsung heros. if you go to the white house today, it's really edith roosevelt. >> eli little. too much looking down. a little too fast. too much of a change of pace. >> i think in every case, the first lady has done whatever fit her personality and her interest. >> she later wrote in her memoir that said i myself never made any decision. i only decided what was important and when to present it to my husband.
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now, you stop and think about how much power that is. that's a lot of power. >> part of the battle against cancer is to fight the fear that accompanies the disease. >> she transformed the way we look at these bugs and made it possible for countless people to survive and flourish as a result. i don't know how many presidents realistically have that kind of impact on the way we live our lives. >> just walking around the white house grounds, i am constantly reminded about all of the people who have lived there before and particularly all of the women. >> first lady, influence and image. a c-span original series produced in cooperation with the white house historical association. season two premieres september 9
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as we explore the modern era and first ladies from edith roosevelt to michelle obama. >> egypt was a topic of discussion on many of the talk shows following a debtly standoff this past week between military sources and supporters who ousted mohammed morsi. the current death toll stands at 880 casualties. commenting on the situation and the question of continued u.s. aide to the country were rand paul of kentucky and bob corker of tennessee. >> what happens with foreign aid is basically foreign aid to egypt is more likely to buy a lavish chateau for a dictator or general in paris than it is to buy bread for people in cairo. we're not winning the hearts and minds of those in egypt. all they do is see our aide as something that goes to the people that are dictators and
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despots that are taking away the rights for generations. they see it stolen, mubarak stole it by the billions. he had fancy homes all around the world with our money. it has to end. we don't have it. it's counterproductive. and it shows nothing but american weakness to continue it. those who want to continue this aide, say, oh, we're projecting american power. they're projecting the opposite. it shows we are so weak that we with will not even adhere to our own conditions on this aid. it's not modulating behavior because people are doing the same thing. when they roll tanks over protesters, that's not something i think most americans would support. >> the actions of the last week are no doubt going to cause us to suspend aide. it's a time to recalculate and look at what our interests are. we underestimated the leverage that saudi arabia and uae has
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had on this government. >> let me talk to you. you now believe it's necessary to suspend the aide? >> yeah, let me talk about that. i think we need to look at the tears of our aid. let's face it, most of it has gone out the door this year. what we're talking about is a debate that will take place this fall as we look forward to next year. and, again, i think this whole discussion has been a little bit naive and to me, very shallow. the fact is we need to look at our national interest. >> that's just some of the reaction of lawmakers on sunday morning talk shows. more now on the situation in egypt with a reporter in cairo from this morning's washington journal. >> she's joining us outside cairo. getting the latest on what's happening this weekend.
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thanks for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> the death toll now in excess of 800. you left tie kye row for a different part of the country, why? >> i came outside of cairo to report on some of the churches that have been burned since wednesday. there are dozens of churches that have been attacked. burned, torched, completely destroyed. many of the attacks took place on wednesday and many of them took place outside of cairo in upper egypt when angry supporters of the ousted president heard about the police crackdown in cairo. >> the story indicating that the prime minister is calling for the disbanning of the mud limb brotherhood. can the government do that? what result would it create? >> the government can do that. they can do whatever they want at this point. the muslim brotherhood is
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accustomed to being an illegal undergrount organization. they spent decades without legal recognition before they were recognize in the last few years. they are going to easily go back to that posture and probably what we're going to see them doing. >> story in the wa post indicating the situation is calmer today than yesterday. what changed in the last 24 hours? this morning has been calm because there are no protests. there protests called for this afternoon around 4:00 cairo time. i expect we will see violence again this evening and this afternoon. >> for you personally in your own safety, how safe is it to travel around the country? do you have any personal concerns? >> the situation has worsened
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for foreign journalists in the past few days. we're seeing sort of civilian rests at journalists, mob attacks on journalists. that is worrying. that's a big concern for journalists in cairo. >> european officials are calling for an urgent review of the situation. and also what's next in temples of relations between the european union and council and egypt. what's behind that? how important is that to the military of egypt, if at all. >> it doesn't appear in the past few days that the military in egypt is that concerned what about the country's actions are
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going to be. they're not worried about the u.s. suspending aid or reactions from other countries. they seemed to have decided this is what they want to do and they're going push through regardless of the consequences i think they think they can ride out the consequences. you can see the foreign minister this morning give a press conference in which he criticized journalists and said they're responding to those actions. stay with us if you could. >> one of the things we see reported from egypt is there's not a strong police presence in many parts of the country. some of the church burnings have
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been elsewhere. what are you seeing in terms of the government and the army having control and a presence. >> i have seen zero police or military presence so far in a small village outside of sayun right now where three churches are torched and i haven't seen any police. >> this is a strong hold for the muslim brotherhood. >> it has been. where are police showing presence, where are they not. and where can they not go because they don't have the manpower. unsettling situation. as we look forward to the future of egypt, how much resentment it
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could be. >> go back to the story that's on-line for the website vowing for daily protest against egypt's military. how are these being organized in light of what we're seeing in the last five, six days. >> a bad connection, could you repeat the question? >> your story is posted on-line about the protests, the daily protests. my question to you is how the demonstrations are being organized in light of what we're seeing in the last four or five days. >> the muslim brotherhood seems to have enough of the grassroots organizations in place but they're still able to call demonstrations and get people to come out. i think we've obviously seen a lot of their members and some arrested. but they still have the organizational power to call rather large and numerous protests in the capitol, at
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least. >> are there cities as well in the delta? some of the canal cities. >> as we move ahead to the start of the new week, what are you looking for? looking to see how all of the actors are going forward. there's not much communication between the top leaders and the grass roots. it's unclear they're going to call protests every day. unclear what they're going to do, what their strategy is. i think all of us waiting to see what they're going to decide to do. if we keep having protests every day. we're going to continue to keep violence every day. that's what makes it a difficult week ahead.
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>> finally, where has president morsi been over the last two months now? >> well, no one knowles. except for the military. no one said where he's being held. we think he's held in a military intelligence building but they have refused to say. >> kristen chick live on the phone outside of cairo. she's covering the story for the christian science monitor. this story -- cairo's military opponents vow daily protests. thanks for sharing your expertise with us. >> my pleasure. >> programs to tell you about tomorrow on the c-span networks. 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span 2, air force negotiation hosted a discussion on military defense spending and planning and the ways it can maintain the advantage at a time of tightening budgets. new america foundation discussion on electronic
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surveillance and human rights with access now, an organization focused on individual's access to the internet and the right to privacy live at 6:30 p.m. eastern here on c-span. >> we're standing inside hard scrabble, a two-story log cabin in 1856. yuliya and her memoirs lets us know she does not like it one bit. she finds it crude and homely. but true to her nature, she will make the best of it. >> as a young married woman, she would want to be the mistress of her own home. she just thought that he could have gotten something as nice as whitehaven and a little perturbed her father had talked grant into building a log structure. she would have brought with her finer things because as a privileged child, she would have had fine china and fine furniture that would have been
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comfortable -- chairs and a broad table because she -- you had at this point, you would have five people living in this dining room. even though they do not live in it very long, it represents the very first home together. julia will gain a great deal of confidence as a wife and mother and starts here at hard scrabble. >> this week, the encore presentation of our original series, first ladies, influence and image, looking at the private lives of our first ladies. this week, julia grant to caroline harrison. first ladies all this week at 9:00 eastern on c-span. >> coming up next, q&a with author and journalist mark leak wiltse discussing the latest book, this town which he describes as an insider's commentary on politics and media in the nation's capitol. then a discussion of how the public health care system might
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handle the aftermath of a disaster. after that, a discussion on human trafficking and the efforts being made to end the practice. >> this week on q&a, "new york times" magazine correspondent and author mark leibowitz discusses his new books titled, "this town," two parties and a funeral plus plenty of valet parking in america's guildled capitol.

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